Concert to mark anniversary

Richard White's Fivers performing previously at the Pavilion cafe.
Richard White's Fivers performing previously at the Pavilion cafe.

Richard White will return to Rothesay’s 292 Club on May 6 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

In the festival’s latter years, Richard, with ‘White’s Fivers’, traditionally led the jazz musicians in the Saturday morning Jazz Parade through the streets of Rothesay.

The May concert will open with the Bute Ukulele Band, which has been expanding its repertoire to include some special jazz numbers. Then, An Audience with Richard White will include some reminiscences from Richard’s long career as well as a display of his musical talents as he performs some of his favourite jazz classics from the 1920s and 30s, along with Tim Saul on keyboards and Paul MacKay playing bass. Richard will also be bringing and playing some of the more unusual musical instruments from his collection in the Isle of Wight.

Tim Saul, chair of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival committee, said: “I have known Richard for nearly 40 years, when he was emerging as an extremely talented young player.

“We played together in an Isle of Wight jazz band called The Goose Island Syncopators and later on we formed our own band, Saul and White, appearing in white tie and tails, with a weekly session at The Ventnor Wine Bar on the Isle of Wight.

“We got a small fee plus a litre of red wine split between two. In the intervening years I think our consumption of wine has fallen somewhat but the musical entertainment continues to flow unabated.”

Rothesay will be in for a treat as the two re-unite at the 292 Club with the rhythm section boosted by former Halle Orchestra bass player, Paul MacKay who is also a member of the gypsy jazz quartet, Les Gitanes.

“Richard is a great entertainer as well as being a spectacularly good jazz musician,” added Tim.

“And I am sure we will have a great afternoon.”

Tickets priced at £15 are available on the door, at Brechin’s on Bridgend Street and at www.butejazz.com. The concert starts at 2.30pm.